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Seasonal Tip

Autumn Color for Your Garden
September 21, 2009

Many plants are at their best in the fall. Ornamental grasses, trees and shrubs with colorful foliage and/or berries, and fall-blooming perennials all contribute to the autumn garden. Ornamental grasses, whether grouped in clusters or planted singly as focal points, add instant texture and form to the garden in any season. Calamagrostis (Feather Reed Grass), Hakonechloa (Japanese Forest Grass) and Panicum 'Shenandoah' (Red Switch Grass) are especially useful for adding fall color to the landscape.

If it is foliage color that you're after, look no further than our native trees and shrubs. Oakleaf hydrangeas, Fothergilla, Itea, Chokeberries, Sumac, and Blueberries all have brilliant fall color, while Red Maples, Sweetgums, and Blackgums top the list for trees. Many non-native Japanese Maples also showcase amazing colors during the fall months.

Plants with berries also add autumn interest. Beauty Berry displays hundreds of tiny purple berries, while Viburnum berries come in shades of blue, pink, red, white, and black, depending on the variety. Many of our other favorites, such as Gaultheria, Cotoneaster, Hollies, Pyracantha, and Winterberry have berries in traditional red and orange fall color, usually lasting well into the winter months.

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